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Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025's 16 EV plan

Kia Niro EV Concept gives CES hints of 2025's 16 EV plan

The concept also features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new "motion graphic" lighting system, previewing the potential for these technologies for market introduction in coming years. With its 150kW electric motor, the concept boasts a range of 238 miles.

After unveiling the new Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid in Los Angeles last fall, the South Korean automaker got to work on a new version of the model. It will issue an alert if it detects a pedestrian or cyclist come in front of the vehicle.

Sporting an interactive display panel in place of the front grille, the Niro EV Concept is more aerodynamically streamlined and features a digitally-minded, minimalist interior decor, the intention being to maximize relaxation and easy communication.

Kia will present three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits created to show how the company will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles.

Power comes from a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery pack and a 150-kW electric motor. Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles.

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

At the CES Show in Las Vegas, Kia said it will offer 16 electrified vehicles - including hybrids, EV and fuel cell EVs - by 2025.

A combo of front view cameras, "object recognition tech" and front speakers basically sound an alert specifically at the pedestrian in question, warning them of the car's presence. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", says Dr. Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia's R&D center. It will commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities starting from 2021 as part of a pilot project.

Kia also wants to adopt connected auto technologies across every segment in its range by 2025.

Kia has not officially revealed the upcoming all-electric concept vehicle's identity, however, photos accompanying the automaker's announcement seemingly confirm that it will be the Niro EV.

Kia also announced that it will expand its WiBLE auto sharing service - which launched in Korea previous year - to select European cities in 2018.

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